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111th Congress

Wall Street Lobbies to Prevent SEC Changes to High Frequency Trading and Stock Market Structure

Jeff Connaughton | Posted 08.23.2012 | Business
Jeff Connaughton

As a former lobbyist, I almost had to admire the way they unswervingly stayed on message. And the message was that the status quo was good for everyone and that Ted and I were wasting our time exploring whether market changes might call for statutory and regulatory changes.

Simon Johnson: Tax Reform Could Help Secure Financial System

The New York Times | Simon Johnson | Posted 09.21.2011 | Business

In the deafening cacophony of voices in Washington on the debt ceiling, it is easy to miss a potentially more significant development. There is growin...

Taxpayers Stand To Lose $1.3 Billion From Chrysler Bailout

Posted 09.20.2011 | Business

DETROIT (Deepa Seetharaman) - The U.S. and Canadian governments exited their investments in Chrysler Group LLC on Thursday, allowing Italy's Fiat ...

Official: Curtailing Dodd-Frank Leaves Economy Open To "Collapses And Crises"

Posted 09.12.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Margaret Chadbourn) - The law overhauling the financial system should continue to protect the economy in the future despite any challe...

Russ Feingold Is Emerging as a Significant Force Against Corporate Control of Our Government

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Perhaps President Abraham Lincoln's famous words of hope for a "... government of the people, by the people, for the people..." will yet ring true again -- with a little help from Russ Feingold and his growing movement.

Washington Post: Geithner Has Found His Footing

The Washington Post | Zachary A. Goldfarb | Posted 08.08.2011 | Business

During the dark days that began Timothy F. Geithner’s tenure as Treasury secretary, he was constantly under fire, accused of bailing out Wall Street...

The Roadblocks To Wall Street Reform

ProPublica | Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein | Posted 08.03.2011 | Business

Early last year, as they weighed whether to bar banks from speculative trading with their own money, congressional staffers turned to a key regulator ...

How 173 Congressmen Are Trying to Redefine Rape

Asher Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Asher Smith

The language of this bill is not only out of sync with legal precedent, but with common sense and common dignity.

A Presidential Rebound?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

So here's what we know: The president's job-approval rating is back up again, higher than it's been in months. And here's what we don't know: Why?

Repeal, Redemption, and Ripple Effects

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Any talk of redeeming acts in public life tends to focus on individuals. Character and career are the arcs of this familiar story line, punched up by ...

Unfinished Business: 19 Judicial Nominations Left Unconfirmed by 111th Congress

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

As a result of unprecedented Republican political gamesmanship, President Obama ends the first half of his first term with a smaller percentage of his nominees confirmed than any previous president.

111th Congress Ends With Bang, Not Whimper

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Pundits are now beginning to say Obama is on a comeback, which is a stunning turnaround from less than two months ago, when the president sheepishly began using the word "shellacking" for the midterm results.

'Tis The Season For Gay Rights

Karen Dolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Dolan

Tis the Season: A Victory for Civil Rights Let's celebrate this day, Dec 22 2010. It is the day President Barak Obama signs into the law the repeal o...

All-In For The DREAM Act

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

By passing the DREAM Act, we have an opportunity during this lame-duck session to make a down payment on the immigration reform voters want, our country deserves, and our leaders have promised.

Tell The Lame Duck Congress to Vote for Middle Class Tax Cuts

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
G. Roger Denson

Americans who don't want to see tax cuts for the middle-class held hostage to the wealthy still have time to make themselves heard. Democrats, Republ...

Clyburn Will Stand by the Values, Policies That Make Us Democrats

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

I don't support Jim Clyburn for Democratic Whip because he's my friend and we've served together a long time. Or because he's African-American. His seniority and race are meaningless to me. I support him because he will not apologize for being a progressive.

Desecrating Nancy Pelosi

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Pelosi's removal is tragedy because it means that the most effective senior Democratic leader won't be a featured player the next two years and because liberals' most articulate spokesperson will now be on the sidelines.

House Bill Emphasizes US Military History

Ed Hooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Hooper

Congress is considering a resolution to declare November U.S. Military History Month. The truth is, soldiers are returning to a nation that no longer embraces their service as a serious educational subject.

Analysis: Republicans Setting Filibuster Record

AP | STEVEN R. HURST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The filibuster – tool of obstruction in the U.S. Senate – is alternately blamed and praised for wilting President Barac...

The Scores Are In

Gene Karpinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gene Karpinski

The single biggest step that Congress can take in 2010 is to finish the excellent work started in the House by swiftly passing a comprehensive clean energy and climate bill.

Congress on Sale! Saints of the Hill Who Take Less Than $20,000 in Health Care $$ - The List - Part VI

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

While they land on either side of the fence on the issue, these are some of the most interesting players in the unfolding health care reform drama.

A Clunky Way to Spend Billions

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Charles Karel Bouley

The recent Cash for Clunker legislation passed by Congress as part of the $106 billion war funding bill is a complete and total waste of a billion dollars short term, four billion long term.

How Democrats Can Win the Climate Debate

Teryn Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Teryn Norris

Last week was the opening round of the national climate fight, and the Democratic Congress was nearly knocked out.

President Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, But Challenges Remain

Carey Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carey Alexander

Though the Act is undeniably a tremendous victory for women and workers, it's far too soon to rejoice.

Three Things Congress (Yes, Congress) Must Do to Fix FEMA

Kelly Caldwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kelly Caldwell

Of the many tragic failures of FEMA in the last seven years, those related to housing were among the most conspicuous. And they were caused in part by Congressional blunders.